Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Sorry I’m a little late publishing this weeks post – I think I’m getting a bit lackadaisical with deadlines as this lock-down stretches into forever! Hey-ho! Let’s enjoy bringing our projects along and sharing in the inspiration and news circulating through the Worldwide Quilting Community. Do use the links below to click to other blogs and I’m sure you’ll be inspired and heartened by what you see and read – don’t forget to leave a kind comment to encourage those bloggers to keep on sharing 🙂
Last week I didn’t have my camera SD card with me so I published a Saturday Quilting post starved of photos. This week I’m going to make up for that lack with a feast of photos! There’s definitely a theme of soft, muted colours going on as I share my first finish of the year. It’s a quilt inspired by the question. ‘What to do with a pack of eight fat quarters?’ I bought the pack because I loved the colours (aren’t the fabric manufacturers and shop owners clever, knowing exactly what will press our fabric loving buttons? :-D).The fabrics are from the Melange range by Stof and I bought a pack called ‘Misty Morning’ from Cotton Patch way back in the first UK lock-down. The colours certainly are reminiscent of a misty morning but for me the fabrics took my thoughts to walking the moorlands of the Peak District, Derbyshire.
Ah! Holidays, remember those? On to the quilt design… I decided to set myself a challenge of finding out just how big a quilt I could make from my pack of fat quarters, minimising waste and leftovers. I had some yardage of the Melange fabric to play with too. I used a light grey/blue to add an extra quarter to my pack of eight. From these nine fat quarters I made nine nine-patch blocks, each measuring 17″ square unfinished, leaving only a small amount of fabric to add to my scrap bin 🙂
I used more of the light grey/blue Melange fabric to make sashing, a dark grey from my stash to create the cornerstones and a piece of dark grey/blue Melange yardage for the border. The binding is made from strips of the cornerstone fabric and the light grey/blue yardage.
And a pieced backing 🙂 The main fabric is the extra wide, Jane Austen at Home Accomplished Woman by Riley Blake, and the others are from my stash.
I’ve called the quilt ‘Peak District Hilltops’ and given it to my DH to stave off the Winter chills 🙂
At 67″ square the quilt turned out bigger than I expected! Even without the outer border it would still measure 60″ square. If I’d just used nine fat quarters and no extra yardage I could have made a quilt 49½” square, a respectable lap quilt or a playmat. Interesting, as many of the ‘fat quarter friendly’ patterns I’d searched through used upwards of 20 fat quarters PLUS yardage to make a quilt around 70″ square. Obviously these had patchwork patterns more intricate than my simple nine-patch but I’m still quite taken-aback with the difference in the amounts of fabric required.
I quilted Peak District Hilltops with a network of intersecting vertical and horizontal lines along with squares echoing the cornerstones. I think it took me longer to quilt than piece this project!
This weekend I’m finishing up a much smaller project and getting ready for the English Country Garden QAL which starts very soon. It’ll be a chance to re-learn English Paper Piecing and how to construct a quilt using a quilt-as-you-go-method. Alison Stothard has organised on-line tutorials and a Facebook group so it should be a sociable QAL as well as a learning experience.
I hope you have a project or two in which to lose yourself for a good few hours of creative therapy this weekend.
Now to the links to our Worldwide Quilting Community:
‘Refuge’ is Linda’s chosen word for 2021. She uses a verse from Psalm 91 as her starting point and takes us to her sewing den where she finds refuge in creativity, quite times with God and listening to audio books. Linda has found the verse and her space particularly comforting as she thinks of a friend whose husband has died of the Covid virus. Linda has several projects on the go and I admire her determination to use these socially isolated times to learn new techniques via on-line workshops.
It’s always a thrill when we can greet a blogger who has been absent from the blogosphere for quite some time. I was so pleased to see an email notification from Melanie of catbirdquilts in my inbox. Melanie is a great designer and maker of medallion style quilts. Over the coming weeks she’ll be sharing the quilts she made in 2020 and no doubt explaining how she came to make some of her design decisions.
Do you use Etsy to buy or sell craft or vintage items? My shop, AllisonsPatchworks, is on Etsy. It is convenient and relatively easy to list new products (suits my low level tech skills!) BUT over the past couple of years I have become aware of the ethos of Etsy moving away from it’s original base as a market place for hand crafted items. Abby Glassenberg takes her gloves off in her article about where Etsy is heading if there isn’t a radical shake up.
A Granny Square pattern based on using fat quarters and strip piecing techniques has got to be a winner! Scoot over to Leila’s blog for a comprehensive tutorial sharing how to make this many pieced block the easy way.
The Iowa Quilt Museum is running a series of free Zoom meetings featuring quilters talking about different aspects of quilting. Melanie has shared the schedule and the Zoom codes in this post.
Linking my finished quilt to Michelle’s Beauty Pageant, Wendy’s Peacock Party and Alicia’s Finished or Not Friday. Michelle has made a quilted drawstring bag, Wendy is working on a quilt that began life three years ago at a Kaffe Fassett workshop and Alicia is celebrating finishing a SEUFO (Someone Else’s UFO!).